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Patient safety

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Ensuring the safety of everyone who comes into contact with health services is one of the most important challenges facing health care today.

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National Patient Safety Agency (opens new window)

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is a Special Health Authority created to co-ordinate the efforts of all those involved in healthcare, and more importantly to learn from patient safety incidents occurring in the NHS.

Central Alerting System (CAS) (opens new window)

The Central Alerting System is a web-based system for issuing patient safety alerts and other safety critical guidance to the NHS and other health and social care providers. Safety alerts, emergency alerts, drug alerts, Dear Doctor letters and Medical Device Alerts are available on the CAS website. They are issued on behalf of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), and the Department of Health. During 2010/11 full responsibility for the operation and management of CAS will transfer from the DH Patient Safety Branch to the NPSA.

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